The Importance of Fluoride for Healthy Teeth
Fluoride is a mineral that is found in water and many foods. Fluoride helps protect teeth from cavities! Fluoride protects the enamel of your teeth by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from bacteria in the mouth. Most people in the United States have tap water with fluoride added. Water fluoridation helps reduce tooth decay by more than 25% in children and adults.
The city of Livermore does not add fluoride to its tap water. We encourage families in Livermore to get fluoride by
- using toothpaste with fluoride
- using fluoride mouth rinses for people over age six
- buying water with added fluoride
Talk with your dentist or doctor about whether getting a fluoride varnish treatment would be a good choice for you.
If you need to find a dentist see our Dental Providers list.